Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Love Monster by Ken Davis

I love Ken Davis, I have seen him in person several times and even his movie. Here is a short clip to replace a previous clip that was removed from youtube. As always, his humor drives home a point.

Q: What is a monster's favorite food?
A: Ghoul scout cookies. •

Q: What position does a monster play on the soccer team?
A: Ghoulie.

 Q: How do you keep an ugly monster in suspense ?
A: I'll tell you tomorrow !

Q: Why did the monster eat a light bulb?
A: Because he was in need of a light snack  

Q: What type of monster really loves dance music?
A: The boogieman!



Friday, February 24, 2012

Every Cent You Make (arena)

I get tired of people complaining about too many taxes-but will vote for taxes when given the opportunity? I also get tired of people claiming they are willing to pay more taxes, but will not donate any funds themselves or exempt themselves- if all those who support the PFD would donate what they say they are willing to pay- is that the Warren Buffet syndrome?  The original agreement stated Wenatchee would never ask for more funds from other jurisdictions and there would be a hold harmless agreement as per emails below.  I do not believe the vote in April will be the end of this issue and this will be the last tax. Perhaps my vote will be cancelled out by the sheer number of voters in Wenatchee and the organized team of Mark Miller who are trying to educate the people to vote yes with fear tactics. Sure I know its only a "latte" price we are paying, but every tax we have is only a "latte"- and they are adding up and never stopping. The 1% property tax increase was only a latte; the 6% utility tax was only a few cents; the stormwater utility tax was only 5.00 more per year for 3 years in a row; (15% increase each year). Wenatchee  may be paying .2% more in sales tax- all of those taxes you had no vote on- but you will have a vote on the .1% tax increase in April- how will you vote on it or will you even bother to vote- the last election had less than 50% voter turnout.  Many of the ones pushing for the .1% tax increase were insistent that they needed a cost of living raise last year but fought the police union who still have not signed their contract from 2010. This is not the only option Wenatchee has available- some say they have spent 1.5 million in attorney fees fighting the promise they made in 2005 and asking for a judge to say they exceeded debt limit. I cannot recall any cuts they have made or concessions employees have made.  How you vote is up to you- the spin show has already begun- just do not complain about too many taxes if you vote yes on your few opportunities on this subject. I find it ironic that taxes are always just a few cents, but when you cut a tax, it is millions of dollars lost? Don't feel sorry for me- I can afford the 12.00 more per month- I just had to cancel my subscription to the paper to pay for it. I just  do not believe in spending more than you make, cuts do hurt are not just talk, and I cannot simply ask for more money when I am short of funds. Or maybe that is the problem- I have not learned to say the only option left is to give me more money?

Original Message-----
From: Allison Williams <AWilliams@cityofwenatchee.com>
To: dphendrick@aim.com
Sent: Tue, 9 May 2006 13:15:20 -0700
Subject: RE: PFD Interlocal Agreement

Thank you for the opportunity! 

From: dphendrick@aim.com [mailto:dphendrick@aim.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 1:11 PM
To: Allison Williams
Subject: Re: PFD Interlocal Agreement
 thanks- that was exactly what the hold harmless agreement would do. If you decide to take out insurance, that is up to you, as long as the hold harmless wording is in place to protect us- I will support agreement. I do not expect it to be a big issue as it is a private entity and we cannot be held responsible- its just a extra protection that will probably never be needed. If any, the wording will show even more your faith in the system. thanks for responding.
-----Original Message-----
From: Allison Williams <AWilliams@cityofwenatchee.com>
To: dphendrick@aim.com
Cc: Steve@lacykane.com; mhunt@co.douglas.wa.us; Steve Smith <steves@jgdwlaw.com>; Dennis Johnson <DJohnson@cityofwenatchee.com>
Sent: Tue, 9 May 2006 11:35:42 -0700
Subject: PFD Interlocal Agreement

Good morning Dennis:  I was in Waterville this morning and Mary Hunt passed along your email to me and asked that I respond.  We want to assure you that the city of Wenatchee is doing everything in our power to support the Public Facilities District and alleviate concerns of liability of other PFD members.  After this issue came up, we spoke with our representative at the Association of Washington Cities and Nancy Neraas, our advisor with Preston Gates and Ellis for the PFD formation.  They assured us that the PFD, as an independent entity will have their own insurance that will hold all members harmless.  As an assurance that the PFD would have that insurance, we have added language that the city of Wenatchee would pay for it if it was needed.  We believe that this will protect all of us as members of the Public Facilities District. 
It was also assuring for me to speak with Randy Lumsden at AWC and be assured that we are not recreating the wheel, but instead following where groundwork has already been laid. 
Thank you, and please don't hesitate to let me know if you have other concerns. 
Thank you!! 
Allison Williams
Executive Services Director
City of Wenatchee
P.O. Box 519
Wenatchee WA 98807-519
(509)664-3316
(509)664-3335 (fax)
awilliams@cityofwenatchee.com


Update: Although it has been six years since these letters and 2 years since this blog- I leave them posted so things do not repeat themselves as we forget history and what really happened. I also miss the days of investigative reporters-sadly it seems I get more of my news on facebook than I get from hired writers. I also miss the days of accountability and service meant something. I occasionally would watch Jericho TV series from netflex with Jan- and wonder if our country is not headed that way? I often wish I would have voted no in looking back, but wonder if it would have made any difference? I also leave it on as there is talk of another tax increase to bail them out again.


Monday, February 13, 2012

What is Humor by Ken Davis

 
Valentine's Day is big business. A 2011 survey by the market research firm BIG research projected that Americans would spend a total of $3.4 billion dollars on Valentine's Day dinner last year, with the average Joe (or Jane) planning on dropping $116.21 on a romantic meal. Dinner wasn't the only thing Americans were planning on paying for last year to celebrate the occasion. National Retail Federation survey estimates indicated that we would spend 3.5 billion on jewelry, 1.1. billion on greeting cards and 1.7 billion on flowers. Mint.com tracked actual Valentine's 2011 spending and found that, individually, their users spent an average of around $73 dollars on flowers and anywhere from $220 to just over $500 on jewelry.
A smile cost nothing, but gives so much. It enriches those who receive it, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature's best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. (B.J. Morbitzer)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Super Sheep

Ken Davis did an excellent job on a story called "Super Sheep". Ken Davis makes you laugh but also makes you think. Please take a few moments and listen to Super Sheep.
Anyone Spot the Dog?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Motorcycle Accident

It takes a special person to have a motorcycle accident and then get others to laugh about it.  I love the Gaither Video called Better Day and this humor clip was on it. I bet he wears a helmet next time.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bonus Points-Marriage Rules

Mark Gungor is a pastor who has a marriage video series called Laugh Your Way to A Better Marriage. this is a clip from that series. It may be nothing you do not know, but it is good to be reminded, and always work on our marriages. Below I would like to share11 rules about marriage that should be posted on our doorposts to be remembered every day. (unless you happen to be married to a building or a slice of Bacon)

"11 Rules That You Won't Learn in School About Marriage."
Rule 1: Marriage isn't about your happiness. It's not about you getting all your needs met through another person. Practicing self-denial and self-sacrifice, patience, understanding, and forgiveness are the fundamentals of a great marriage. If you want to be the center of the universe, then there's a much better chance of that happening if you stay single.
Rule 2: Getting married gives a man a chance to step up and finish growing up. The best preparation for marriage for a single man is to man up now and keep on becoming the man God created him to be.
Rule 3: It's okay to have one rookie season, but it's not okay to repeat your rookie season. You will make rookie mistakes in your first year of marriage; the key is that you don't continue making those same mistakes in year five, year 10, or year 20 of your marriage.
Rule 4: It takes a real man to be satisfied with and love one woman for a lifetime. And it takes a real woman to be content with and respect one man for a lifetime.
Rule 5: Love isn't a feeling. Love is commitment. It's time to replace the "D word"--divorce--with the "C word"--commitment. Divorce may feel like a happy solution, but it results in long-term toxic baggage. You can't begin a marriage without commitment. You can't sustain one without it either. A marriage that goes the distance is really hard work. If you want something that is easy and has immediate gratification, then go shopping or play a video game
Rule 6: Online relationships with old high school or college flames, emotional affairs, sexual affairs, and cohabiting are shallow and illegitimate substitutes for the real thing. Emotional and sexual fidelity in marriage is the real thing.
Rule 7: Women spell romance R-E-L-A-T-I-O-N-S-H-I-P. Men spell romance S-E-X. If you want to speak romance to your spouse, become a student of your spouse, enroll in a lifelong "Romantic Language School," and become fluent in your spouse's language.
Rule 8: During courtship, opposites attract. After marriage, opposites can repel each another. You married your spouse because he/she is different. Differences are God's gift to you to create new capacities in your life. Different isn't wrong, it's just different.
Rule 9: Pornography robs men of a real relationship with a real person and poisons real masculinity, replacing it with the toxic killers of shame, deceit, and isolation. Pornography siphons off a man's drive for intimacy with his wife. Marriage is not for wimps. Accept no substitutes.
Rule 10: As a home is built, it will reflect the builder. Most couples fail to consult the Master Architect and His blueprints for building a home. Instead a man and woman marry with two sets of blueprints (his and hers). As they begin building, they discover that a home can't be built from two very different sets of blueprints.
Rule 11: How you will be remembered has less to do with how much money you make or how much you accomplish and more with how you have loved and lived.

The best exercise for a good marriage is bending over backward.

I once gave my husband the silent treatment for an entire week, at the end of which he declared, “Hey, we’re getting along pretty great lately!”

Just read that 4,213,257 people got married last year. I don't want to start any trouble, but shouldn't that be an even number????

A judge was interviewing a South Carolina woman regarding her pending divorce and asks, "What are the grounds for your divorce?"
"About four acres and a nice little home in the middle of the property with a stream running by."
"No," he said, "I mean what is the foundation of this case?"
"It is made of concrete, brick, and mortar," she responded.
"I mean," he continued, "what are your relations like?"
"I have an aunt and uncle and 12 cousins living here in town, as well as my husband's parents."
The judge took a deep breath and asked, "Do you have a real grudge?"
"No, we have a two-car carport and have never really needed one cuz we don't have a car."
"Please," he tried again, "is there any infidelity in your marriage?"
"Yes, both my son and daughter have stereo sets. We don't necessarily like the music - all that hip hop and rap tap - but we can't seem to do anything about it."
"Ma'am, does your husband ever beat you up?"
"Yes, he gets up every morning before I do and makes the coffee."
The judge asked, "Is your husband a nagger?"
"Oh, hell no, he's as white as you and me!"
Finally, in frustration, the judge asked, "Lady, why in hell do you want a divorce?"
"Oh, I don't want a divorce," she replied. "I've never wanted a divorce, my husband does....The damn fool says he can't communicate with me."

Monday, February 6, 2012

Marry It (Jack in the Box)

 
 Last week a lady in Seattle married a building? That is not what I call building a good marriage, and hope she got some counseling and advice before she went through with that. Wonder how long it will last? Jack in the Box came out with this ad last week that goes along with all the negative people who want to redefine the definition of marriage after almost 250 years. You may laugh at this commercial or the lady who married the building- but don't laugh- it gets worse. Same sex proponents are trying to say if one is in love, it should be legal and if you disagree you are filled with hate?  They want to redefine marriage to suit them?  They claim we descriminate. Outside interests are trying to by your vote and twist your thoughts.  So- If someone is in love with a hamburger, building, a adult coach and a 10 year old boy, a brother and sister, a cousin, someone under 16, ... where does it end and why discriminate against the parts you feel is not right? If Society accepts it, it must be ok? (wrong)  They want me to change part of the marriage the laws, but not all?  As long as they are in love it should be ok- as long as they are in love??(wrong) Some will even claim God will not judge a nation because of the choice of an individual? (wrong)  Speaking of love- disagree with them and see what happens. I may be old fashioned- but I am voting NO on Ref. 74! People should not be allowed to marry anything, any age, or anybody, that they want or society accepts.

 

Thank you, to those who called or emailed your Representatives in Olympia. I want to thank my Senator, Linda Evans Parlette, for supporting marriage as defined as one man and one woman last week! Thanks to  Representative Mike Armstrong and Cary Condotta for voting no in house! Thanks to those pastors who were not afraid to speak up on this issue and work on improving marriages. I think I  have almost 45 marriage labels that build up marriage, and I support organizations and counselors who will help marriages become stronger. I feel sorry for people who are always negative on the traditional marriage- and choose to ignore the federal laws that define marriage as between a man and a woman. Why can't they work on making making marriages stronger and better instead of making a mockery out of it? I do not know of "any" religion that supports same sex marriages, and this has been tried in the Bible and failed back in Genesis.

update 5-28-10- 
FRANKLIN GRAHAM RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPORT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
CHARLOTTE, NC, May 9, 2012-
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association issued the following statement in response to President Obama's statement in support of same-sex marriage.
"On Tuesday my state of North Carolina became the 31st state to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. While the move to pass amendments defining marriage is relatively new, the definition of marriage is 8,000 years old and was defined not by man, but by God Himself.
In changing his position from that of Senator/candidate Obama, President Obama has, in my view, shaken his fist at the same God who created and defined marriage. It grieves me that our president would now affirm same-sex marriage, though I believe it grieves God even more.
The institution of marriage should not be defined by presidents or polls, governors or the media. The definition was set long ago and changing legislation or policy will never change God's definition.
This is a sad day for America. May God help us."